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Our Best Investment

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “An investment in knowledge pays the best dividends.” ~Benjamin Franklin   Question: What’s the best way to set aside funds for our grandchildren to help with college expenses? Answer: If your intention is to designate the funds exclusively for higher education expenses, there are three tax-advantaged strategies available. We’ll focus on these techniques because money not paid out in taxes is that much more available to offset rising college expenses. There certainly are other ways to save for future generations, but to answer your specific question, here are three tax efficient ways to help ... Read More »

Butterfly Gardening in Florida

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy We are lucky here in South Florida. Our butterfly population flourishes during the summer months due to our hot, tropical weather. And because it stays relatively warm, even during the winter months, we have a healthy year-round butterfly population. There are, however, a few butterflies that still migrate during the winter season. The Monarch is one of them. This is the first article in a six-part series featuring the butterflies of Florida. I’m going to begin with the Monarch, of course, which is probably the most recognized butterfly in the world. Monarchs, Queens and Soldiers are members ... Read More »

Be Authentic

Be yourself; everyone 
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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.” ~ Brene Brown   Authenticity is one of those words that is easier to define through action than it is to describe with words. Babies are authentic. My dog is authentic. A tree is authentic. In fact, most living things are authentic. However, humans, as we grow older, have a tendency to lose our authenticity. We collapse under the pressures of life; we cave to the influence of others. All too often we ... Read More »

Why the Slice?

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GOLF TIPS Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The dreaded slice. Why do so many golfers slice? What causes the slice? How do I fix my slice? Let us answer all these questions. A slice is a golf shot that takes off and turns significantly right of the initial starting direction. Slicing is a worldwide epidemic that does have a secret ingredient to fix the problem. I know you wanted a quick fix so you can take $5 off your friends tomorrow, but changing a bad pattern takes hours of work. However, you do not have to get worse before you get better. ... Read More »

The Glorious Stars of Summer Rise

Looking east, 11:00 PM, June 12, sweeping this area with  binoculars is a rewarding experience. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Look eastwards about 11:00 PM and locate the three stars of the Summer Triangle – Vega, Altair and Deneb. These are quite bright stars, and if you can see any stars at all in the sky tonight, you will see these. The Summer Triangle is not a traditional asterism, but was popularized by Sir Patrick Moore a few decades ago. Vega and Altair are fairly close neighbors of the Sun, which is the primary reason they are so bright, being only 25 and 16 light years away, respectively. Deneb, on the other hand, ... Read More »

Goodland Gets Its Own Flag

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GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn barry@coastalbreezenews.com On November 18, 2015, the Goodland Civic Association (GCA) Board of Directors authorized the design and manufacture of an “official” Goodland flag. The board was willing to make a substantial investment and was betting heavily that a large number of Goodlanders would buy a flag or two for display either here, or at their northern residence, or both. This is exactly what happened and the orders keep coming in. To date, 66 flags have been ordered and about 51 have been sold. I have one in front of my house, and the condos that ... Read More »

Reflections from the Artist of the Year

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ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill taraogallery@marcocable.com On May 23, I attended an annual luncheon held by the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA). Besides fine food from Stonewall’s Kitchen, and grand camaraderie, MIFA used the occasion to present scholarships to four extraordinary students to further their arts education, and to acknowledge MIFA’s designated 2015 Artist of the Year – yours truly. From my heart, I thank the board members of MIFA for this kind recognition. I’m honored, and I was honored, and excited, to share the day with those bright and creative young stars…and with everyone that came to celebrate with ... Read More »

The Price Of Valor: The Life of Audie Murphy, America’s Most Decorated Hero of World War II

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By David A. Smith Regnery History 2015, 256 pages Genre: Biography “After the war, they took Army dogs and rehabilitated them for civilian life. But they turned soldiers into civilians immediately and let ‘em sink or swim.” – Attributed to Audie L. Murphy According to Army records, during the 20 months he served in the European combat theater, Audie L. Murphy was responsible for the elimination of at least 240 enemy soldiers, thus saving an untold number of American lives. He was wounded seriously enough to be hospitalized three times. In return, he received 33 decorations ... Read More »

Prime Shallow Water Fishing Targets of the 10,000 Islands

Young fisherman with Redfish. PHOTOS BY CAPTAIN RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Here in the 10,000 Islands we target many different species of fish throughout the year. As the seasons change, so do our target species and methods of how and where we fish for them. Our top shallow water targets include Snook, Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Tarpon. In addition to these four, we catch Snapper, Sheepshead, Shark, Tripletail, Pompano, Permit, Cobia, Gag and Red Grouper, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Flounder, Catfish, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, and a few others. Below is a very brief explanation of our top four targets. Snook: There is great prestige in ... Read More »

Are You Nautical or Knot?

14 kt. gold Marco bracelet  with kissing dolphins. PHOTO BY RICHARD ALAN

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Ah yes! Memorial Day has come and gone, and many islanders take to the sea. Finally, the Marco River does not resemble a one way tidal wave of vessels that have no clue as to who has the right-of-way or any knowledge of common boating courtesy, let alone know the difference between a red or green channel marker. Last month, while hanging out in the Ten Thousand Islands, I tried to politely warn a boat load of partying yahoos not to go any further past me into the mangroves. They thankfully gave me the bird, ... Read More »

A Festival for Everyone

Alp horns are a part of most festivals in alpine Switzerland. PHOTOS BYVICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Every country has its celebrations and festivals, but it seems that the diminutive Switzerland, not quite as large as Vermont and New Hampshire combined, has more than its share, especially in the summer and early autumn. Perhaps it is the hard working character of the Swiss (yes, I know I am stereotyping) that makes them want to party so much. Or, the long cold winters that inspire everyone to get outside in the warmer weather and celebrate, squeezing in as much enjoyment as possible, before fall turns into early winter. We’ve visited Switzerland many times, often ... Read More »

To Catch a Sawfish….Twice in Two Years!

The Sawfish, which had no rostrum (saw), put up a fight for nearly 2 hours.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist It’s late winter of 2014 and Captain Ted Naftal gets a call. The voice on the line says “I want to go for something big, something that might hurt us.” Captain Ted replies “There are fish that WILL hurt you, and it’s not funny!” It’s an ongoing joke that the Captain has with regular customers, the Graham family. They’ve been friends for years and have caught some trophy-sized fish together. The next prize was about to get very big, and unique! On April 25th, 2014, on board the Miss Nancy 2, guests Michael Graham and ... Read More »

Do You Have a Good Tennis Job?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Talk about a loaded question…clearly, it means different things to different people. Certain business minded professionals enjoy matchmaking, programming and weekly meetings, and love being the leader in their department. Whereas, other tennis professionals just love to teach all day and not worry about the daily round robin. And then there are plenty of specialists: Adult coordinator, junior academy director and the Cardio Tennis clinic organizer. Often there are several different types of tennis jobs: Tennis clubs only, golf and tennis, camps and public parks. In order to win the interview, pros must do their ... Read More »

At Physicians Regional, Helping Hands are Everywhere

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd It will come as no surprise if I suggest that a hospital or doctor’s office visit can be stressful. At Physicians Regional Healthcare System, we understand, when faced with safeguarding one’s health, one’s emotions can run high. However, your comfort, as well as confidence in our abilities, means the world to a lot of people. If you think about it, most of us tend to think of the “clinical” staff as synonymous with an office visit. In our minds, we almost immediately envision doctors and nurses. After all, the ‘70s TV show ... Read More »

High School Musical, Jr

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The last theatrical production for Marco Island Charter Middle School’s 2014/15 school year was High School Musical, Jr. Karen Raymond, as director and choreographer, continued her legacy of producing smash hits. It is amazing what great shows are produced at the middle school level and it’s indicative of the quality of teaching. Karen has a knack to pull the best effort from each and every student, from stage hands to set designers, whether singing as part of a chorus or doing a solo. These students are giving their best, and their best creates an amazing ... Read More »

Wildfire in Big Cypress

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff One of the compelling reasons we live in Southwest Florida is the beauty of the natural environment around us. One nearby national treasure is the Big Cypress National Preserve. Big Cypress is a protected area of over 725,000 acres, bordering the Everglades National Park to the south, and reaching into Collier, Monroe and Miami Dade Counties. On May 12, a few lightning strikes resulted in the ignition of wildfires, in what is called the Mud Lake Wildfire Complex. Initially, about 2,000 acres were affected. As of Memorial Day, the fire had consumed some 35,300 acres, ... Read More »

Policeman of the Year: Granneman

Curt Koon, Jack Patterson and Colin Brown. PHOTOS BY VAL SIMON

By Coastal Breeze News Staff There was a full agenda at the recent Lunch with the Chief sponsored by the Marco Island Police Foundation. First order of business was a scholarship presentation by Foundation member, Jack Patterson, to high school senior, Colin Brown. Colin’s father is auxiliary policeman, Alan Brown. Colin will be attending Nichols College, majoring in Business. Chief Al Schettino thanked the audience for the support showed to the department. He then began to tell the audience about the officer selected as the ‘Officer of 2014’. Schettino stated, “On one of the officer’s very first calls, he responded ... Read More »

MICMS Students Get Glimpse into the Role of a Legislator

MICMS students participating in the Youth in Government After School Club.

By Don Manley Weighty topics were discussed with suitable gravity, except for the occasional giggle, by the six Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) students seated at the dais in Marco City Council chambers. They were gathered there as mock legislators, debating self-penned and introduced bills, as part of the Youth in Government After School Club, which is a partnership between MICMS and the Greater Marco Family YMCA. Held recently, the event was led by Zac Caldwell, Youth in Government program director for SKY Family YMCAs, which has branches in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Englewood and Venice. Caldwell also has ... Read More »

Naples YMCA & Collier Area Transit Announce Partnership to Create YMCA Stops in Collier County

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Starting this summer, Collier Area Transit (CAT) will offer five stops throughout the county that will be YMCA stops. At four of those stops, children enrolled in YMCA’s Camp Wyhoway summer camp can ride the bus with a YMCA Camp Counselor to and from the Naples YMCA. A fifth stop will service the Marco Island YMCA. In addition to the YMCA-specific stops, a drastically price-reduced Paw Pass will be offered to make the service affordable all summer. “This is a huge step in helping us reach kids and families who otherwise could not attend camp. Our partnerships with organizations like ... Read More »

Attorney Approves Rental Ordinance Petition

SUBMITTED The Committee seeking repeal or referendum on the recently adopted Marco City Rental Ordinance received approval from the City attorney late Friday May 22, 2015. What’s Next? What is the Petition All About? The Committee will start circulating petitions this week for signature by registered Marco voters. The petition seeks to compel Marco City Council to repeal the controversial Rental Ordinance 15-01 adopted then modified by City Council to include house and condominium owners who rent their property for less than a year. If Petition drive is successful and City Council does not repeal the Ordinance, then it must ... Read More »